The Working ‘Girls’ of the Praça da Luz

I came across a 15-minute documentary (with English subtitles) called 69 Praça da Luz which tells the story of prostitutes of an advanced age that earn their living in ‘Light Plaza’ in São Paulo. If you are going to watch it, keep in mind that the verbal content is quite explicit since they are talking about their jobs and their clients, nonetheless, it’s a rare view into the lives of a section of society that is often lived in the shadows.

Best Documentary at the Festival do Rio 2008
Best Short – Jury Selection at the Festival Mix Brasil 2007
Best Documentary at the Festival Mix Brasil 2007
Best Short – Jury Selection at the Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2008
Best Documentary at the Vale Curtas 2008
Best Brazilian Film at the Vale Curtas 2008

69 – Praça da luz / 69 – Luz Square

If Vimeo doesn’t let you seemlessly stream the documentary, try waiting until it is completely loaded. Otherwise, there’s a Portuguese-only option of the longer version on Youtube.

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